Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates

In total the habitat type 6210/*6210 occurs on 71.0 ha in the project area within the Natura 2000 sites. Calcareous grasslands are particularly important for orchid species and butterflies (notably xerophilic species), for example Maculinea arion (Annex IV Habitats Directive).

The sites are rich in herbs and have several layers with a small-scale mosaic of trees and shrubs, open areas, anthills and stones. The oligotrophic grasslands are a typical part of our cultural landscape and result from anthropozoogenic use.

Today wide areas are grazed by sheep in the traditional way, but there are also neglected areas, pastures grazed with cattle or horses, mowing pastures, or some smaller areas which are only mowed. Within the LIFE project, especially the grazing with goats is supposed to be intensified as one of the main care measures on those sites.

orchids and Pulsatilla vulgaris - picture: Jonas Thielen

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